January 2020: Choosing A Theme For Your Year

Road with a runner

Theme: New Year, New You

Scripture: Book of Nehemiah

“I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” 

Nehemiah 6:3

Opener

Did you set any goals or New Year’s Resolutions for 2020? If so, what is one goal or resolution on your list? Did you break it yet?

Synopsis

Nehemiah was serving in the king’s court and had found favor with the king when he heard that Jerusalem was in ruin. They were without gates and a wall to protect the Israelites. 

His heart was broken for his people. God placed in his heart a vision to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He asked the king for permission to go and rebuild the wall and gates. He also asked for materials to achieve this vision.

He set out on the journey and took time to survey the city and how they could achieve such a vision.

Each person would rebuild the wall that was directly in front of their home. Over time, the opposition closed ranks and wanted to prevent them from completing their task. Each day, half the group worked on the wall while the other half protected the city.

As they neared completion, the distractions increased. At this point, Nehemiah fought back and proclaimed:

“I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”                             

In 52 days, the walls and gates were rebuilt, and the city was protected. This was a miraculous achievement that could only have been orchestrated by God.

Questions

  • What breaks your heart?
  • Is there a vision that God has placed in your heart?
  • What do you wrestle with that you can’t seem to shake?
  • How often do lay your vision at the foot of the cross?
  • What did Nehemiah do?
  • What is God preparing you for in 2020?

“Vision always precedes preparation.” 

Andy Stanely

“God is preparing you for what He has prepared for you.” 

Ed Young

Prayer

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Resources

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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